Do you remember taking the trash out to the cans late at night and having to run through the section of darkness where the neighbor's porch barely illuminated the driveway and the streetlight ended? You'd stand in the doorway prepping yourself, reminding your inner voice monsters aren't real...
Then three steps into the darkness, everything would fall apart. You'd feel as though you were moving at a snail's pace, and whatever you happened to be carrying was always awkward and noisy for no reason.
"WHAT WAS THAT?!?!"
Suddenly the rush of adrenaline hits, and your heart takes two hard thumps to remind you it's working overtime. You feel the goosebumps begin to rise, and the tiny hairs in the back of your neck start to stand on end.
Closing your eyes tight, you try and shake the feeling of being watched.
"THERE IS NOTHING THERE, YOU'RE FINE!"
Fight or Flight kicks in, and your pace increases to a near run. You're laughing on the outside, but on the inside... on the inside you're screaming in terror. You know there is nothing there, but at the same time, you cannot be sure.
Once you've reached the streetlight's safety, you look around to confirm the beasts of your imagination are locked away. The whole time you continue laughing to yourself about how silly it is to be afraid and how you're only making it worse by letting your thoughts creep in.
Have you ever noticed how we do the same thing to ourselves as adults?
We let the fears of our imagination take over, and we play it safe.
We avoid anything outside of our comfort zone.
Because stepping into that darkness is scary!
Today is the day you realize fear is nothing more than a state of mind. The day you find the light inside yourself and face down those fears.
Whether you want to get in better shape, start a business, or want to live a better life. Whatever you've been afraid of is simply a figment of your imagination. If you let your imagination trick you into never getting started, you'll spend a lifetime of regret wondering... What if?